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Agent Carter declassified: the key facts about Marvel's 1940s spy caper - The Guardian (blog)

Peggy Carter is coming home (sort of). This weekend, Agent Carter, the Hayley Atwell-starring Marvel TV spinoff about the resourceful English rose who stole Captain America’s heart, belatedly makes its UK debut after screening in the US six months ago. It’s set in 1946, a year after Captain America: The First Avenger , but even in peacetime, Peggy is under pressure. She’s adjusting to single life in New York after being reposted to the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) and still grieving the loss of Cap after he “died” heroically ditching a Hydra megabomber into the freezing North Atlantic. Can Peggy get things back on track? Here’s what you need to know about the show.

No powers, no problem

The Marvel universe is crammed with characters who have superpowers or uncanny abilities of some kind. Even SHIELD company man Agent Coulson came back from the dead. But Peggy hasn’t been exposed to or bitten by anything radioactive – she is just a smart, capable woman who has to rely on her wit and will, rather than a flying suit of cyber-armou r (although she does seem reasonably proficient in judo). It makes Peggy a relatable lead who is exceptionally easy to root for, which is helped enormously by Atwell’s charming, subtly layered performance. Her only armour is a necessarily no-nonsense attitude and Keep Calm resilience, which can’t quite obscure her grief.

Sexism can be as bad as any supervillain

The SSR, a sort of proto-SHIELD, are supposed to be the good guys. But Peggy’s work colleagues are almost universally boorish and sexist – notably former One Tree Hill hunk Chad Michael Murray as a vain, vindictive agent who implies she is a hussy exploiting her past relationship with national hero Captain America to advance her career. The SSR are unwilling to put Carter in charge of anything other than making coffee. So when they accuse playboy industrialist Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper)...

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